The New York Times penned a piece on Sunday in which the paper ripped national security adviser, John R. Bolton, painting him as an extremist eager for war, writing, "Senior Pentagon officials are voicing deepening fears that President Trump's hawkish national security adviser, John R. Bolton, could precipitate a conflict with Iran at a time when Mr. Trump is losing leverage in the Middle East by pulling out American troops".
Official White House policy does not call for regime change in Iran, and Bolton has said he would implement the President's agenda.
Following revelations of Israel's strikes against Iranian targets in Syria, it became known that Washington had also mulled over plans to attack Iran after three mortar shells landed in Baghdad's diplomatic quarter near the US Embassy in September 2018.
The Defense Department did draw up the plans, but it is unclear if they were presented to the White House, or if the president knew of Bolton's request, according to the Journal. According to the Wall Street Journal, the request was made after several shells landed in Baghdad's green zone, near the U.S. embassy last September.
The newspaper based its report on anonymous current and former USA officials.
Garrett Marquis, speaking for the National Security Council responded to the report by stating it 'coordinates policy and provides the president with options to anticipate and respond to a variety of threats'.
Later in the month, US National Security Adviser John Bolton issued a stark public warning to Tehran: "There will be hell to pay" if Iran continued to "cross" the US and its allies.
Iran: Cargo plane crashes with at least nine on board
Iran's air force said in a statement that the fate of the crew, including their possible 'martyrdom, ' is under investigation. Conservative news agency Tasnim said it was a military cargo plane carrying meat from the Kyrgyzstan capital of Bishkek.
There was also an air strike near a USA diplomatic facility in Basra, Iraq.
The State Department did not comment on the report.
In one NSC meeting, then deputy national security advisor Mira Ricardel called the attacks in Iraq an "act of war" and called for a decisive United States response.
The statement added: "The United States will hold the regime in Tehran accountable for any attack that results in injury to our personnel or damage to United States Government facilities".
"America will respond swiftly and decisively in defence of American lives".
They even went 11-5 in 2008, when he missed nearly the entire season after suffering a first-week knee injury. The dominant performance helped New England reach its eighth straight AFC Conference Championship Game .
As fans know all too well, before this, it was the younger of the Jenner sisters who had the most liked post on Instagram . As of Sunday, the picture had almost 18.2 million likes from Jenner's more than 123 million Instagram followers.
During his visit to Qatar, Pompeo refused to comment on reports Washington had recently considered military action against Tehran. Senate approved a bipartisan resolution that put the blame for the killing of Khashoggi squarely on the Saudi crown prince.
British stars Olivia Colman and Christian Bale are on a roll, picking up more prizes at the Critics' Choice Awards . However, Foy was beaten to the best supporting actress gong by If Beale Street Could Talk star Regina King.
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While Sansa, Arya and Jon Snow feature in the short teaser, there is no sign of Bran in his new role as the Three-Eyed Raven. Fans have eagerly awaited the six-episode finale of the show since Season 7 of the popular HBO show ended in August 2017.
With Samsung's Unpacked event now just about 5 weeks away, it's a safe bet that more Galaxy S10 leaks are right around the corner. Even the competition is increasing with Huawei and other Chinese companies planning to launch foldable smartphones in 2019.
For the past couple of months the community of Barron and beyond has been praying for a safe return of 13-year-old Jayme Closs. Police officers arrested 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson minutes later based on Jayme's description of his vehicle.
Vicky Kaushal overwhelmed by 'Uri' success
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